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Aug 23, 2013 8:30pm PDT
barack hussein obama do solemnly swear -- >> and african americans do routinely hold top posts like secretary of state, attorney general, national security advisor. top corporations like merck, american express, mcdonald's and xerox have had or have now black ceo's. oprah winfrey is america's second black billionaire, following in the footsteps of publishing mogul robert l johnson. african americans are among the country's top sports stars and celebrities in fields one restricted by racing, swelling the ranks of black millionaires. yet in other ways america is far from king's dream. racial divides persist in income, educational achievement, and poverty. question, are we less conscious of race today than in 1963, more conscious of race today, or are things about the same? pat buchanan. >> i think we're probably more conscious right now, john, but i was at the march on washington. i was up there in the lincoln memorial when dr. king gave that address. and it was a moment really when the cresting of the civil rights movement, it was right within the same year after oxford, mississippi,
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Aug 30, 2013 6:30pm PDT
>> barack obama says something must be done about syria. >> france said it is committed to punishing the syria regime. >> columbia deploys the army after thousands march on the capitol to protest against the government's agricultural policies. >> u.s. president barack obama says he has made no final decision on airstrikes against syria over the alleged chemical attack last week. he said a wide range of options are still being considered. >> he said whatever decision he made, there would not be any, quote, american boots on the ground. >> both listen to what he had to say a few minutes ago. >> i have had my military and our team look at a wide range of options. we have consulted with allies, with congress. we have been in conversations with all the interested parties. in no event are we considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground. we are looking at the possibility of a limited act that would help make sure that not only syria, but others around the world understand that the international community cares about maintaining this chemical weapo
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Aug 25, 2013 12:30pm PDT
president obama said a year ago. nowe have communicated in uncertain terms what every player in the region -- with every player in the region that that is a line -- red line for us. >> senator john mccain says the red line threat is a joke. >> the president of the united states says it would be a red line and a game changer. he now sees that as a green light. means the word of the president of the united states can no longer be taken seriously. >> president obama said he is sympathetic to mccain's passion, but he adds, sometimes what we have seen is that folks will call for immediate action, jumping into stuff, and it doesn't turn out well. the president says we have to think through strategically what will be in will be in our long- term international interest even while we do everything we can to put pressure on those who would kill innocent civilians. let me ask you this. when the president says the use of chemical weapons is a red line, what does that mean? >> it means nothing because the government already said on the thater attacks months ago the red line had been crossed. obama's re
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Aug 9, 2013 5:30pm PDT
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: president obama promised new safeguards and more transparency for secret government surveillance programs even as he defended their existence. good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the "newshour" tonight: the president stressed the government is not interested in spying on ordinary citizens. we have excerpts from the white house's news conference. >> there are steps we can take to give the american people additional confidence that there are additional safeguards against abuse. so i've directed the intelligence community to make public as much information about these programs as possible. >> woodruff: then, despite recent challenging moments of diplomacy, the u.s. and russia held high-level meetings in washington. margaret warner recaps today's talks. >> brown: four out of ten street lights don't work and it takes an hour on average for detroit police to respond to 9-1-1 calls. hari sreenivasan looks at the motor city's battle amid bankruptcy. >> detroiters are so used to bad news,
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Aug 20, 2013 4:30pm PDT
strategist. >>> president obama hosting a meeting with the national security team at the white house to discuss the deadly unrest in egypt and review the 1.5 billion in u.s. annual aid aide that goes to the military. earlier a white house spokesperson had to refute that the u.s. cut off aid to cairo. >>> another day, another investigation into jp morgan chase. this time the justice department is looking into allegations that bank employees manipulated u.s. energy markets. last month the bank agreed to pay $410 million to settle charges from the federal agency regulatory commission it ma nip laled markets in california and the midwest but never admitted wrongdoing as part of the settlement. that prompted the u.s. attorney in new york's southern district to look at the company's energy practices for civil or criminal charges. >>> a passing grade for a for profit provider. the federal department of education shows the company remains financially sound enough to participate in student aid programs without any other qualifications. shares up 11.5% today. >>> no matter where you go to college
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Aug 23, 2013 6:30pm PDT
carefully, u.s. president barack obama calls a possible chemical weapons attack in serious this week troublesome. >> in germany, consumers are shopping. the tax man is happy. >> well, in the ease of prayers, they were blasted into death. dozens of people in lebanon died friday when car bombs exploded outside to mosques. >> it happened in the northern city of tripoli and marks the biggest escalation of sectarian violence since the war began in serious two years ago. >> we will go live to beirut in just a moment, but first, our report on the blast, and many viewers may find the images disturbing. >> cctv footage shows sunnis praying in central tripoli moments before a car bomb explodes outside. people rush to escape falling debris. smoke billowed from the car which concealed the bomb. passersby tried to extinguish the flames and help the wounded. almost at the same time, a bomb exploded near tripoli's port about two kilometers away. authorities suspect the blast were coordinated terror attacks designed to deepen sectarian divisions in lebanon. dozens of people were killed and hundreds
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Aug 8, 2013 5:30pm PDT
what you agree to. the obama administration is work hard on a new way to approach this so it is not so ambiguous so science can flourish and have the opportunity to be pants and not just subjects. >> warner: francis collins, director of the nsa, thank you. >> brown: next, an organization that believes there's no place like home when it comes to growing older. ray suarez has our report. >> how are you? >> reporter: once a week, 82- year-old john sears gets picked up at his beacon hill townhouse, and driven to a nearby grocery store. sears looks forward to that weekly outing, and not just to replenish his pantry. >> what else can i get for you? >> reporter: but for the simple joy of getting out, seeing people, catching up on neighborhood news, all harder to do as age makes it more challenging to get around. sears doesn't hire the driver, bob spicer. he works for beacon hill village: it's a non-profit, membership organization providing low-cost services to seniors who want to continue to live in their own homes. >> they call all the time. a couple times a week someone will call up and say
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Aug 20, 2013 5:30pm PDT
that, according to vermon1 senator patrick leahy's ovation the obama administration has suspended assistance temporarily. white house spokesman josh earnest insisted that was not true. >> this is part of a complex and broad relationship that we have with the egyptians. that review that the president ordered to early july has not concluded and reports to the contrary that -- published reports to the contrary that suggest that assistance to egypt has been cut off are not accurate. >> but leahy's office stood by its claim in a statement saying the state department and foreign operations appropriations subcommittee was told that the transfer of military aid was stopped, that this is current practice, not necessarily official policy, and there is no occasion of how long it will last. meanwhile administration cabinet members met at the white house this afternoon to discuss the egypt aid question further. >> for more on how much influence the u.s. and other nations have on the uncertain situation in egypt, i'm joined by talrak massu from the john f. kennedy school of government and the w
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Aug 25, 2013 10:00am PDT
president obama in 2008, for example. more recently, however, the political winds have shifted, leading to the enactment of several conservative-backed laws. that's drawn a protest movement led by a number of faith leaders who say the new laws favor the wealthy and are especially harsh on the poor. the state's republican legislature and governor have their own clerical backers, however. lucker severson has our report. >> these people are angry at the north carolina legislature. this was the 13th week they've gathered outside and inside the general assembly for what organizers call moral monday protests. so far, 925 citizens have been arrested, even some in wheelchairs. >> forward together, not one step back. >> at first the crowds were small, but each monday they got bigger as the republican legislature approved what the people here view as an extremely unjust budget and far-right social agenda. george reed heads the north carolina council of churches. >> you might get your breath taken away for varying reasons but i think just about everybody would agree it's a breathtaking session. >>
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Aug 19, 2013 4:30pm PDT
. >> behind closed doors. president obama meets privately with the country's most powerful financial regulators to discuss the new rules that will govern the country's biggest banks. >>> going gangbusters, 900% in nine years to the day. that's how much google has returned since going public. it dominates search, and seizing the smartphone market. but is the stock atop of many mutual funds, a good buy for the next nine. >>> attention shoppers, are you willing to give up privacy for a good deal? we have all that and more on this monday, august 19th. >>> good evening, everyone. welcome. his vacation over, president obama got back to work today, and he wasted no time tackling a topic of high interest to investors, not to mention financial services executives. at a closed-door white house meeting he sat down with the nation's top financial regulators to get a progress report on how the government is implementing the dodd/frank law. it covers wall street and the nation's largest banks. john harwood joins us from the white house with details on who attended today's meeting, and why it was n
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Aug 1, 2013 4:30pm PDT
some iphones will start on monday unless president obama intervenes. >>> a huge fine to tell you about from one of the nation's largest banks. citi group will pay a $590 million dollar settlement accused of hides tens of thousands of bad mortgage securities. the shareholder lawsuit sited citi group's $27 billion on losses in 2008 after shares went from $48 a share in 2007 to under $3 a share by 2009. >>> a historic victory for wall street regulators today in the first big civil fraud case tied at the 2008 financial crisis. a trader find liable in six out of seven counts in a fraud case. marry thompson was in the courtroom and they are criticized the fcc for not being tough enough and others for striking out in high-profile cases like this. what this z this victory mean? >> reporter: it's a big win for the fcc. lawyers say this will bolden the agency to be aggressive in the future and go after entities and suing claims. basically, since the financial crisis, three of the fcc's cases have gone to trial. it's score card is essentially one loss, one split and today's victory and this
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Aug 1, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. >> he said president barack obama would attend the g-20 summit in st. petersburg in september, but the president may cancel a meeting with the russian president. snowden released a statement on the wikileaks website and said over the past eight weeks, the obama administration has shown no respect for international or domestic law. he said in the end the law is winning. reporters at the guardian are taking full advantage. they report that over the last three years and the national security agency has given about $150 million in secret funding to a british intelligence agency. the newspaper said the government paid the money to the government communications headquarters. they wanted to secure access to and influence over britain's intelligence gathering programs. the guardian said they are pouring money into efforts to gather personal information from mobile phon. the document suggests agents want to be able to exploit any phone, anywhere, any time. the newspaper said the funding raises fears about the hold washington has over prit an's biggest and most important intelligence agency
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Aug 21, 2013 5:00pm PDT
united states which leads the talks seems set to stick to president obama's goal to conclude the deal by year end. countries in southeast asia will maintain a tough stance where their interest conflicts with those of the u.s. also the united states is pushing if are strengthening regulations on state-run firms to expand business opportunities for foreign companies. vietnam and singapore were state-related businesses have a strong influence and were opposed to the u.s. stance. that's all for now in business news. i will leave you with a check on market figures. >> angela merkel has been the first chancellor to visit the site of the nazi concentration camp in southern germany. she offered a silent prayer near munich. she travelled with a group of survivors from the camp. more than 40,000 people died at the camp during the holocaust. u.s. troops liberated it in 1945. >> translator: the memory of their fate fills me with deep sadness and shame. at the same time such places as the concentration camp memorial site are upheld for a reminder. >> it was set up for the nazis in 1933 as the
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Aug 23, 2013 10:00pm PDT
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: president obama called the alleged chemical weapons attack in syria a grave concern and added, "as difficult as the problem is, it will require america's attention." good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> warner: and i'm margaret warner. on the "newshour" tonight, the united nations announced today one million children have been driven from syria by their country's bloody civil war. we take a closer look at the swelling number of refugees, particularly the young. >> woodruff: separate juries delivered guilty verdicts today in two high profile military cases. army major nadal hassan was convicted of murder for the deadly shooting spree aimed at unarmed u.s. soldiers at fort hood, texas. >> warner: and staff sergeant robert bales was sentenced to life without parole in the massacre of 16 innocent afghan civilians. we get details of both military court outcomes. >> woodruff: and in a separate military case-- the army private found guilty of giving troves of highly classified information to wikileaks-- now wants to live as a
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Aug 27, 2013 5:30pm PDT
judy woodruff. >> i'm gwen ifill. and the newshour tonight as the obama administration gathers international support for military action, it says the goal of any response will not be regime change. margaret warner has the latest on options for action in syria. then we return to the march on washington 50 years on. tonight reflections from the last living speaker, georgia congressman john liu business. >> it was all inclusive it was black and white, latino, asia asian-american and native american. >> they came from idaho, wyoming, and they were there. carrying their signs. >> and we conclude our series on governing in a time of gridlock with a look at how the entertainment world sees the nation's capital. >> the question we ask is if someone is actually getting something done, do the ends justify the means? it is an interesting question to ask when washington is paralyzed by gridlock. >> that is all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by... moving our economy for 160 years, bnsf the engine that connects us. >> and the hewlett foun
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Aug 26, 2013 10:00pm PDT
captioning sponsored by >> ifill: the obama administration declared today the syrian government did use poison gas on its citizens and the u.s. will hold the assad regime accountable. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, after facing sniper fire, u.n. inspectors arrived at the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack in syria.. we have the latest on the investigation, and look at options on the table for a u.s. response. >> ifill: a massive wildfire near yosemite national park has engulfed more than 200 square miles, threatening key sources of water and power for the city of san francisco. jeffrey brown gets the latest on the dangerous blaze. >> woodruff: we continue our march on washington conversation series, as a father and son reflect on what that event has young people were found with courage and some often radical symptoms, i wouldn't have the >> ifill: and we close with the story of army staff sergeant ty michael carter, who received the nation's highest military honor today for his bravery druing the war on afghanistan
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Aug 16, 2013 10:00pm PDT
. margaret warner has the story. >> warner: for weeks, president obama has said the n.s.a.'s information-gathering on americans was strictly limited and tightly overseen by the foreign intelligence surveillance-- or fisa-- court. but today, the "washington post" reported the spy agency has overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since congress expanded the agency's powers in 2008, and the fisa court's chief judge told the "post" his court doesn't have the ability to independently verify if the spy agency is complying fully with privacy-protection rules. the report was based on documents leaked by former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden. "washington post" correspondent carol leonnig worked on both stories and joins me now. carol, welcome. >> thank you, margaret. >> warner: first of all, what, sort of information has the n.s.a. been collecting and storing on americans that is beyond the scope of the law or the court rules? >> the court's rules are very strict on several things, but the most important is not intruding on americans' privacy when there is no reason to sus
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Aug 26, 2013 4:30pm PDT
clear warner to bashar al assad. >> president obama has made clear to the assad regime, that this international norm cannot be violated without consequences. and there is a reason why no matter what you believe about syria, all people in all nations who believe in the cause of our common humanity must stand up to assure there is accountability for the use of chemical weapons, so that it never happens again. >> the market had been trading higher earlier on merger news and in spite of a sharp drop in july, durable goods orders, but those comments by secretary kerry sent the indexes lower and they did close at the lows of the session, the dow fell by 64 points, ending below 15,000 again. the nasdaq was a fraction of a point lower, the s&p 500 was down 6 points. gold the other way, above $1400 an ounce for the first time since june 7th, when it hit that multiyear low of 1180. >>> the biggest of the merger news, one of the largest deals ever in the drug making industry. amgen, the huge biotech company is paying 10 a$10 and a half bin for onyx pharmaceuticals. when completed, the deal w
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Aug 7, 2013 4:30pm PDT
controlled company and president obama and several others would like to unwind, the second largest quarterly profit in the history. the firm earned $5 billion. followed by higher loan fees. they will make a dividend payment to the u.s. treasury on more than $4 billion 6789 4 bil. >>> jp morgan and glen core are the latest companies to be accused of artificially inflating aluminum prices. it was filed on behalf of master screens, a direct purchaser and individual who is described as a buyer of beverages sold in aluminum cans. >>> according to a report yesterday from the center for disease control the obesity rate among low-income preschooler social securis is falling. it went from $74 billion in 199 8 to $147 billion. this study could have important economic implications. >> reporter: the centers for disease control tracked the height and weight of nearly 12 million low income 2 to 4-year-olds. between 2008 and 2011 obesity rates stayed the same or decreased in 40 states and territories and only went up slightly in three. for weight management experts like dr. scott cohan it is good
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Aug 29, 2013 5:00pm PDT
involvement. barack obama hopes members of congress will be more receptive to his plans. they are consulting with lawmakers on whether to attack syria and hope to prove to forces to use chemical weapons. a spokesperson said secretary of state john kerry and other senior officials are explaining the results of the government's analysis. >> the president contemplates what response is appropriate to the situation we have seen, they believe it's important to consult with congress. >> he said analysts are on track to produce their report before the end of the week. he said any action would be discreet and limited and in no way comparable to the iraq war. syrian opposition leaders say western forces need to act quick low to prevent any more chemical attacks by forces loyal to the syrian president. the more time it takes to make a decision, the more civilian lives will be lost. number two is those who are responsible for committing the crimes must be brought to justice. >> military action should be limited to depriving the assad regime. opposition forces should overthrow the government w
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Aug 8, 2013 4:30pm PDT
to the government, why is it president obama the other day wants to phase out fanny and fredy. >> the profitability means nothing to the administration because administration believes government should get out of the mortgage market, that there should be some limited back stuff but private capital back into the fanny, freddy and the fha back more than 90% of the loans made and that's just not the way the market should be or according to the administration. they want to phase it out. it will take time but they don't want to be in the situation in 2009 when the government did have to bailout the mortgage market. >> dianna, this congress has not gotten much down on important issues. will it get this done and reform mortgage finance? >> i can't answer that. there is one very strong bill on the hill right now, the corker warner bill the president seems to have not exactly endorsed that bill but the things he's putting forth are similar to what is in that bill and that's why you saw him this week in phoenix making the push again because this fall would be the time, the make it or br
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Aug 30, 2013 4:30pm PDT
determined president obama today making the case to justify a u.s. military strike against syria over its use of chemical weapons but no decisions have been made when and how the u.s. will respond, only affirmations no u.s. troops will be sent on the ground. john kerry said administraon has evidence the assad regime used chemical weapons that killed more than 1,000 syrians, including hundreds of children. kerry said being war weary does not allow us to turn the other cheek. >> we know after a decade of conflict, the american people are tired of war. believe me, i am, too. but fatigue does not take our responsibility. just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about. >> with more on the syrian crisis, how it's playing out in washington, and what might happen next, we turn to john harwood. a lot of words out today. what more can we gleam about the timing of a possible strike against syria? basically, what happens now? >> they haven't signalled the timing, susiusie, but it looks e a strong likelihood we'll strike, sooner rather than later. the president leaves for st. petersbur
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Aug 22, 2013 9:00pm PDT
. >> the obama administration is in the midst of international damage control. >> smith: the release exposed candid, often embarrassing assessments. >> it's certainly been a pretty serious irritant in a number of places. and, you know, to the extent that cooperating with other countries, multi-lateralism, partnerships around the world-- to the extent that these kind of leaks undermine friendships, they're harmful. is it a nuclear bomb? no. but it's... it's pretty serious. >> smith: according to us diplomats, it's made it harder for them to do their job. was that the intent? >> well, if... if they are embarrassed by what their job is, then yes, it is... that was absolutely the broader philosophical intent, to make embarrassing behavior harder to commit. >> smith: but it will make local officials less likely to share information. >> embarrassing behavior is just this side of abusive behavior. >> smith: only 12,000 out of a quarter million diplomatic cables have been published so far, but they've already had consequences. a dozen cables from tunisia exposed widespread corruption there,
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Aug 19, 2013 11:00pm PDT
decisions made by the secretaries of treasury and both the bush and the obama administration, and as well as a continued judgement of the federal reserve. >> yeah. i am sorry to disappoint by saying those things but i think that's what happened. and i think that the very rapid reaction of the u.s. treasury both at the end of the bush administration and continuing, and the decision to fix the banks immediately, were critical. and the ability to stay with those programs, when you look at the politics, it looks very hard to imagine that there's been consistent approach but there has been. >> rose: but as you know also it created criticism here because people said look, they care more about the banks then they care about main street. >> yeah, well, i'm still surprised that so few bankers have been-- have been holed up for what they did. and it's beginning to happen. but it's a surprise. >> rose: you mean in terms of legal action against the banks. >> by the government. >> rose: you're surprised there haven't been more. >> my guess is that at the time of the crisis, nobody had enough time
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Aug 15, 2013 11:00pm PDT
lives by sbe interdicting terrorism? i know of no case recently under the obama administration, under the bush administration, under the clinton administration where the n.s.a.'s databases have been abused and anyone's liberties have been curtailed. i can't name a single case. nor can the "new york times." now this is a funny confluence where we have libertarians in government on the republican side of the aisle and progressives on the democratic side of the aisle kind of coming together to protect our liberties. but i can't think of where our liberties have been infridged, i can't think of one example. >> rose: so the way can t system is working just fine with you. >> i wish the system was working better. i wish we had caught the guys in boston and we are making the systems better and better and better. but thank god that snowden has gone to russia, a country known for its high standards of the rule of law and human rights. so i'm sure he's very comfortable with his -- >> rose: do you think he damaged our national security by what he did? >> i think -- no. i think -- >> rose: do you
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Aug 31, 2013 11:30am PDT
for jobs to women in obama's cabinet. is anyone surprised? a report out this week shows the obama white house has done a stunningly less impressive job of appointing women to cabinet-level posts than its most recent predecessor, the clinton administration. a "new york times" survey compared female cabinet-level appointments by the last three administrations. it found, that women currently hold about 35% of cabinet-level posts, compared with 41% during the clinton administrations and 24% during the george w. bush years. do women have a right to expect more, even much more, from president obama? without their support, he would not have been elected in the first place nor re-elected in the second. your turn. >> women have right to expect more. they did expect more seeing second term with the boys club reasserting itself is really discouraging and no where more discouraging than in larry summers' perspective leadership at the fed. larry, girls want do math summers, really? the economic crisis in this country, not to mention has complete contempt for the women who have worked under him
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Aug 7, 2013 6:30pm PDT
meeting off. barack obama cancels meeting with vladimir putin. >> and the plight of african american -- the plight of afghan refugees. >> egypt felt military led government says diplomatic efforts to resolve the political crisis have failed. following efforts by the european union and the united arab intimates to defuse the crisis, and the u.s. are among the latest to try to break the deadlock. >> egypt has experienced renewed violence and turmoil over the last month since the military overthrew mohamed morsi, the leader of the muslim brotherhood. the political crisis in the arab world's largest nation is at a deadly new phase. >> the interior prime minister cannot be swayed even by john mccain and lindsey graham. the report blames the contraction on the muslim brotherhood. that is the official version. not everyone agrees. >> the negotiations failed because neither side was ready to compromise. everyone should be able to compromise for the country. only foreign interest will benefit if we fail. >> he hopes that egypt can move to election soon. and that the gaps can be peacefully clo
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Aug 28, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. president barack obama said officials concluded that syrian forces used chemical weapons on civilians. in an interview he said they looked at the evidence and determined the syrian government is responsible, but he has not decided whether to order a military strike. >> we do not believe given the systems using rockets that the opposition could have carried out the attacks. we have concluded that the syrian government in fact carries out and if that's so, there needs to be international consequences. >> obama said world leaders have to make sure when they break norms on chemical weapons they are held accountable. he be backed up leaders who said last week forces attacked their neighborhoods and hundreds were killed. they are ready to launch strikes if president obama orders an attack. the program warned them not to. he told them and allies that syria would be their grave yard. the world remembers how the west started the war on iraq years ago and said they possessed weapons and guided opinion in the wrong direction. residents of damascus are prepared for the worst and stockin
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Aug 7, 2013 5:30pm PDT
grew chillier today. president obama scrapped a planned summit in september, with russian president vladimir putin. good evening, i'm gwen ifill. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the "newshour" tonight, edward snowden's asylum, syria and more are all weighing on u.s.-russia relations. we dissect what's behind today's diplomatic rebuke. >> ifill: then, a sweeping overhaul of the nation's mortgage finance system. margaret warner explores the president's latest housing plan. >> brown: many people with disabilities still don't get home-based or community services. judy woodruff reports on the struggle to fully implement a landmark civil rights law. >> think about it as segregation. people are still segregated. it's wrong, it's wrong morally, economically and it's wrong in compliance with americans with disbill teeth acts. >> ifill: tempers often flare as the temperature outside rises. could climate change be making us more violent? ray suarez dives into the details of a new study. >> brown: and a powerful drama based on the true story of one man's last day, before being fatally shot
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Aug 14, 2013 11:00pm PDT
relations after president obama canceled his visit to moscow to meet with president putin (in international affairs people say putin is anti-american. i say no, he's non-american. he has a foreign policy from europe to the middle east that's different from america. he takes pride in that and on the basis of that he's made allies. to give snowden, a highly symbolic figure given the surveillance issue would have collided with what putin's done in international affairs. but at home he has a political elite. forget society. the political elite didn't want him to make this concession to the united states. >> rose: we conclude with julian guthrie, a journalist who has written a book about larry ellison called "the billionaire and the mechanic." it details the story of his quest for the america's cup. >> and it was expected that larry would partner with a better-known yacht club on san francisco's waterfront, the st. francis yacht club. and there's a fun story in the book about what happened or what didn't happen between the st. francis and larry ellison. but it's a story that doesn'
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Aug 26, 2013 6:30pm PDT
days it was the rebels and obama has known for days that it was assad. >> in the german parliament, which opposes military intervention, what do you think and be done to stop the fighting in syria? >> the fighting ends when all the parties come together and negotiate a truce. they have been trying for months to get all the parties within syria to the table in geneva to negotiate and it is not working. i have the slight hope that the massacre from last week, that it might be the tipping point where now all the parties are willing to discuss a peace agreement. but if that is not going to happen, i'm afraid we will see internationalization of the conflict and that will be a dramatic disaster. >> former u.n. inspector in member of german parliament -- thank you very much for your time. >> thank you. >> he has warned that strikes on syria could unleash a chain reaction that could sweep the region. >> restraint and caution are the watchwords in berlin. >> the german government has yet to blame anyone for the alleged chemical weapons attack. foreign ministry officials say that information
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Aug 29, 2013 6:30pm PDT
findings. >> tank you very much for that. >> president barack obama will have his eye on developments in london. he is still hoping to marshall brought support. a white house spokesman said obama had spoken to chancellor angela merkel by phone and reiterated that the u.s. would be ready to act without a human mandate. >> unfortunately, what we are seeing right now is pressure repeatedly block efforts at the human -- the united nations to hold the assad regime accountable. it's disappointing, but the president says he will not allow that obstruction to prevent him from making decisions in the best interests of our national security. >> for more from washington, we are joined by our correspondent. is the mood in washington changing? >> i'm pretty sure that president obama does not like what he sees for a long time. the british, and we have to confess, the wrench governments have been in favor of military intervention and have put pressure on washington. it seems now they are getting cold feet. the united states will not act alone. to make it even worse for president obama, there is a gr
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Aug 7, 2013 5:00pm PDT
was a factor behind the cancellation of a moscow summit between president barack obama and president vladimir putin. the one on one meeting was supposed to take place next month ahead of the g-20 summit in st. petersburg. white house officials say obama will go to the g-20 meeting. >> we were not at the point in our progress on a number of these issues that a summit at the presidential level was the most constructive step. >> she also cited the gap between the two sides on missile defense, nuclear disarmament and human rights, but she says that the u.s. is committed to dialogue with moscow. she said her government will host a meeting of russian and foreign defense ministers on friday as scheduled. many senior u.s. lawmakers have supported obama's decision. washington says it will continue demanding snowden's extradition. putin's presidential aide is disappointed at the summit cancellation. he said the decision clearly shows the u.s. is not prepared to develop relations with russia on an equal basis. but he said the invitation for obama to visit russia still stands and that russian re
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Aug 1, 2013 5:30pm PDT
weighing whether to cancel president obama's planned summit with putin next month. >> we will obviously be in contact with russian authorities, expressing our extreme disappointment in this decision and making the case clearly that there is absolute legal justification for mr. snowden to be returned to the united states where he is under indictment on three charges felony charges. >> brown: meanwhile, the president met privately with a bipartisan group of house and senate lawmakers to address concerns about the n.s.a.'s surveillance programs. back in russia, snowden now has a grant of asylum for at least a year. that can be extended indefinitely, and he even has the right to seek russian citizenship. a short time ago i spoke to paul sonne of the "wall street journal" in moscow. paul, thanks for joining us. how much of a surprise was this in moscow? >> i wasn't a particular surprise. there was a lot of writing on the wall here that the kremlin was going to make this decision and the real question is why was the kremlin predisposed to granting edward snowden asylum? there's prob
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Aug 19, 2013 9:00pm PDT
degree and earn a doctorate. a few years later, he was asked to become the architect behind the obama campaign's skillful organizing of students and volunteers. today, marshall ganz is a founder of the leading change network, a global community of organizers, educators and researchers mobilizing for democracy. you'll find more of his experience and philosophy in this book, "why david sometimes wins" marshall ganz, it's good to meet you. >> marshall ganz: it's good to meet you, bill. >> bill moyers: stories have been a powerful part of your life. where did that come from? why stories? >> marshall ganz: first of all, i grew up in stories. my father's a rabbi. and i grew up with the exodus story as a child. and i was always puzzled by the fact that, you know, they said that at a certain point you were slaves in egypt. i'd never been a slave or been to egypt, they'd say to the children. and, but then i came to realize that what it meant was the story really wasn't the property of one people, time, or place. and then out to the farm workers. and we're in the religious narrative. i mean, on
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Aug 27, 2013 6:30pm PDT
weapons. parts of china continue seeing the worst flooding in more than a century. >> the obama administration says it is convinced that damascus has used chemical weapons. the white house also says president barack obama has not yet made any decision on military action but that removing president bashar al- assad from power would not be one of its goals. >> the american military says it is prepared to strike at any time, and it is awaiting orders from the president. cyprus will be awaiting any error attacks. >> iran has warned that any military action to threaten regional stability. serious -- syria says any attack would be a violation of international law. >> bashar al-assad's government strongly denies any charge that it used chemical weapons. the foreign minister says no government in the world would attack its own people. >> i challenge those who blame our military to produce the evidence. >> the government in damascus says if the west responds with military action, it will defend itself with all means available. the u.s. defense department says it is ready to launch strike
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Aug 22, 2013 4:30pm PDT
phones and get more ammobitiousn tablets. >>> president obama in buffalo, new york today unveiling a sweeping new plan for rating the nation's colleges. the idea to evaluate schools on a host of met tricks with the goal of linking them to the amount of federal financial aids students at those schools receive. john joins us now from the white house with more on all of this. so john, let's start by asking what criteria is the administration going to be using when they rate the schools? >> reporter: they will be looking at things like graduation rates, how fast people graduate, what kinds of jobs they get after they graduate. and of course, also the tuition rates. administration is trying to push down the core inflation rate of college cost. this isn't about putting more aid in the hands of students but taking the aid out there, $150 million a year and using that as a lever to get colleges to try new things, online courses, other strategies to get costs down and they will need some help from congress to do it. >> i suspect, john, a lot of schools will really bristol at these met tricks
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Aug 22, 2013 5:30pm PDT
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: president obama announced sweeping changes which could make college more affordable and accountable. good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> suarez: and i'm ray suarez. on the "newshour" tonight, at the core of the president's plan-- a rating system to see which colleges teach well while holding down costs. we get the details and ask if it is the right way to go. >> woodruff: then, u.s. intelligence weighs evidence of a possible poison gas attack that may have killed hundreds outside damascus. margaret warner looks at outrage around the world. >> suarez: a fresh series of secret tapes reveals former president nixon's attempts to control the watergate scandal. we hear excerpts and discuss what they tell us. >> woodruff: and we look at the personalities driving the politics and gridlock in washington with two authors and veteran political journalists: robert draper and mark leibovich. >> you do wonder, when people are in office, when people are in power, who are they really working for? are they in it to serve the public goo
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Aug 30, 2013 5:30pm PDT
you. >> brown: the obama administration today laid out its case, in detail, that the syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people last week. secretary of state john kerry minced no words in a blunt accounting of the attack. and, president obama made clear the u.s. is still making plans for a punitive military strike. again, be advised that some of the images may be disturbing. >> the united states government now knows that at least 1,429 syrians were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children. >> brown: the chilling numbers stood out from the u.s. intelligence assessment released this afternoon. and lest anyone doubt, the secretary of state insisted, "its findings are as clear as they are compelling." >> our intelligence community has carefully reviewed and re- reviewed information regarding this attack. and i will tell you it has done so more than mindful of the iraq experience. we will not repeat that moment. >> brown: kerry said the evidence this time was drawn from "thousands of sources", and he starkly recounted u.s. conclusions about what happe
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Aug 15, 2013 10:00pm PDT
streets. >> woodruff: president obama delivered that rebuke to egypt's government today, in the wake of a bloody crackdown on protesters, that left more than 600 hundred dead and thousands wounded. good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the "newshour" tonight: as egyptians regroup after a wave of bloodshed and chaos, pockets of violence still persist. we get an on-the-ground report from cairo and debate options for the u.s. >> woodruff: then, the u.s. defense department rolled out its plan to curb sexual assaults in the military. we dig into the details and discuss whether more needs to be done. >> brown: the maker of the painkiller oxycontin refuses to disclose a full list of doctors who may over-prescribe the addictive drug. we have the latest on an investigation by the los angeles times and new pressure from lawmakers. >> woodruff: the nation of myanmar is home to one of the world's most persecuted minorities-- the rohinga. we have the harrowing tale of what happens when this group of muslims try to flee to safety. >> it looks like a cross betwee
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Aug 28, 2013 4:30pm PDT
equality to all and how far we have to go. president obama spoke from the very same spot where dr. king spoke those unforgettable words on the struggle for civil rights half a century ago. >> but we would dishonor those heroes, as well, to suggest that the work of this nation is somehow complete. the universal may bend towards justice, but it doesn't bend on it's own. to secure the gains this country has made requires constant vigilance. >> i can't believe it's been 50 years. >> i was reading the speech today. gives you chills. >> it does. >> that's "nightly business report" for tonight. i'm susie gharib, thanks for watching. >> i'm bill griffeth. thanks for watching. see you tomorrow. >>> "nightly business report" has been brought to you by. >> sailing through the heart of historic cities and landscapes on a river, you get close to iconic landmarks, to local life, to cultural treasures, viking river cruises, exploring the world in comfort. >>> hello and welcome to "newsline." it's 24rds, august 29th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. u.s. president barack obama said officials con
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Aug 15, 2013 4:30pm PDT
ousted president mohamed morsi. president obama interrupted his family vacation in massachusetts to condemn the slaughter and cancel plans for upcoming military exercises with the egyptian army, which washington helps fund to the tune of more than a billion dollars in annual aid. >> our traditional corporation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights being rolled back. as a result, this morning we notified the egyptian government that we're cancelling our by-annual military exercise. >> reporter: taking place with supporters of ousted president mohamed morsi and security forces. the latest attack on a military check point killed at least seven soldiers, and also the muslim brotherhood making it clear this is just the beginning. they will not back down and rise again. they are planning a million-man march for friday. security forces on their side aren't taking chances. they are aught riceed to use deadly force if necessary. a cure few is in effect and traffic is dying down in the background and state of emergency is still on, as well. keep in
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Aug 27, 2013 5:00pm PDT
obama is still considering his options. jay carney says the president has not made his decision. >> the president continues to work with his national security team, reviewing the options available to him. and when he has made a decision and has an announcement to make, he'll make it. so that process continues. >> carney said there should be no doubt that the syrian regime is responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the attack. he said u.s. analysts have determined that the assad regime has maintained control of its stockpile throughout the conflict. he said intelligence officials will release the results of their investigation into chemical weapons within a week. >>> french president francois somewhat holland says there is a responsibility to protect civilians and his says country is prepared to take action. >> translator: the chemical massacre of damascus cannot go without a response. and france is ready to punish those who took the vile decision to gas innocent people. >> hollande says voices loyal to assad were behind the chemical attack. he said the french will increas
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Aug 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. president barack obama wants a tpp deal struck by year end. froman said members need to reach a basic agreement in october at a regional forum in indonesia. he welcomed members to a reception after the talks. he said the people at the talks should do their best to get things moving. >> translator: it's the minster's responsibility to pave the way for achieving a definitive result at the apec summit. >> he answered a u.s. argument that government fishing subsidies resulted in overfishing. he said government participation is key to safeguarding marine stocks. more headlines for you in business next hour. i will leave you with a check on the markets. >> japan's fisheries agency proposed reducing catches of pacific blue fin tuna from 2015 to control tuna resources. the agency presented the plans to about 350 fishermen from across japan. the agency's director general said an international survey shows the pacific blue fin catch fell to a record low in the 1980s. it rose dramatically in the mid-1990s, but has fallen again and now close to the record low of 18,000 tons. he warned the catch c
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Aug 19, 2013 10:00pm PDT
2010 speech on space exploration, president obama pressed for further discovery. the space program heeded thellnd -call and recently launched asteroid redirect mission, an ambitious program to capture a -small asteroid. nasa is also already at work on the orion and the space launch system. syst new designs for man/space exploration. joel is looking at all of the questions connected to nasa as part of a new series by the washington post. the first article ran this week. it focused on the asteroid project called mission improbable.. -joel joins me now. why mission improbable. mission newshour. improbably. here.-this is a challenging situation for nasa. if you're the agency, where are you going to go, what are you going to do. this is a question tha posed for really for decades now. really for decades now. we want to go to mars but really hard. it would be very expensive it's exp very challenging technically toengi go to mars with human beings and to bring them back alive.->> too far away. >> it would cost many billions cost m of dollars. of dollars. the current policy of the united s
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Aug 6, 2013 5:30pm PDT
president hadi who was just in the u.s. last week meeting with president obama, president hadi has given the u.s. a green light to carry out strikes in a variety of different places at the times of the u.s. choosing. he's doing this because he has a lack of domestic support within yemen. so he needs the u.s. to make up for that lack of domestic support. so there's an open communication which is much different now than it was from when the former president was in charge. but we have to remember that the central government in yemen is incredibly weak. there's a separate insurrection that's going on up in the north. there's calls for secession in the south. there's the al qaeda threat. the economy continues to collapse. people in yemen are struggling on a daily basis to put food on the table and water into their cups. when all of that is taking place, al qaeda tends to drop down on the list of priorities for a country like yemen. >> and at the same time they put fertile ground for al qaeda. gregory johnston of princeton, thank you so much. >> ifill: still to come on the newshour: an exclusi
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Aug 15, 2013 6:30pm PDT
edley crackdown on muslim brotherhood protesters. president barack obama condemned the violence, which cairo now admits left more than 500 people dead. >> muslim brotherhood insists the true death toll is even higher. meanwhile, people in cairo and other cities around egypt ave been trying to bury their victims. >> it has become a makeshift morgue for those who died in the army crackdown. relatives of the dead say the authorities are making it difficult to obtain permits to bury them. >> the health ministry is refusing to send people to document the dead bodies. the doctors did the report, but they are unofficial and not accepted. the rights of these people are being ignored. >> security forces have been able to bury their dead. the government has praised them for what it called self- restraint in the face of attacks as they moved in to clear the camp. the muslim brotherhood insists that its protests were nonviolent. >> we will continue until the last man among us dies. the general will be kicked not out of the country, but he will be put on trial and kicked without shoes. >> the u.s.
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